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21  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends R4? on: February 20, 2008 05:22:55 PM
Am I missing a thread here? I read in the R3 gallery there was a Foster's Swap being discussed and I have been searching and searching- still not seeing it. So is there one? If not can we start R4 soon?
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Georgianna's Travel Bag (Camera Case) on: February 18, 2008 11:33:12 PM
Well, Georgianna is my new camera. I love her.

My kids lost my lil Cannon PowerShot about 2 weeks ago (my friend keeps telling me the toddler probably threw it in the garbage) and so today I went out and got a super-SWEET deal on a Nikon D40X DSLR. Oh man..... I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! (thanks kids!)

Now I am going on vacation for a few weeks to visit family and I had to make a bag to put her in. I am refusing to buy a case. I will make a better case at another date, but I am leaving in less than 2 weeks.

I am going to make separate padded bags to put the camera, lens and other pieces into, but so far this is what I have. I am not too fond of my stitches, but it'll do for now. I'll just call it my prototype. Cheesy

I originally bought each fabric for a different project and today thought, Hmmm... those two would look really good together! I did royally screw up one and then this one was Round 2 of making the camera bag.

I used elastic around the top of the front and sides. The handle is reinforced and actually has one of those.... oh geez, what the heck do you call those straps that are woven plastic? I can't think of the name! AGH! It was right there too! Anyway, it's just a tube of fabric I made and threaded the ugly strap through the reinforced it to the side of the bag.

What do you think?







There was another pic of a side view, but for some reason I can't load it.  Huh



23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Someone stole my IQ!!! on: February 18, 2008 08:37:13 PM
Because I think I have dropped down to being completely STUPID today!

I bought a beautiful new DSLR (Her name is Georgianna) today and I decided she needs a travel case because I am leaving on vacation and have no case for her. Hell, why buy when when I know I can make one? I make bags and cases all the time for Pete's sake! I can measure, draft and I am excellent at math! This will be EASY PEASY- RIGHT?!

RIGHT!?!?!?

Oh noooooo no no no no no..... I have gone mildly $#@%!&%$!!!

For about 45 minutes I went, "Why can't I get this liner in right? Huh Oh, I'll do it this way. Oh no, not that way, THIS way. Why is it all jacked up? #@$& IT!! I am fusing the liner in!!"  Angry

STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPID STUPIDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!

How is it I forgot HOW to do the liner?!?! What the %$#&!?!? How did I get SO D@$# STUPID in like, a DAY!?!

I figured it out.

I am officially a dumb@$$.

So now I am waiting to collect my thoughts before I "fix" it.   Cry

Man I feel real dumb.
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Roses are red.... Apples are BLUE on: February 14, 2008 12:04:46 AM
So my 18 mo old decided yesterday to pilfer an apple from the kitchen. He took 1 itty bitty bite and then proceeded to throw it around the house like a ball.I took it away and it was beyond being able to eat. Now, we don't waste food in this house- so it became ART.

I haven't "painted" in YEARS. Here it goes.... (sorry it's crooked)



The darker blue is the apple print and there is argyle printed paper seeds and stem glued on. The lighter blue is decoupaged tissue paper with dark blue painted seeds and stems. Then I water colored around the apples because if I left it white, it would be too unfinished. I still have to seal it to finish it off. Grin

What do you think?
25  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I need help with my decoupage! on: February 10, 2008 08:49:33 PM
My friend stopped at the store for me and got me the wrong Modge Podge. Sad I was supposed to decoupage a project tonight. Kids are in bed and I can't leave them to run out and I don't want to wake them to take them to the store for the right one. Is there anything else I can use? I have a few bottles of Elmer's Glue- can I just thin them out and use that?
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I caught a green alien... he's nekkid! UPDATED: He is named! on: February 09, 2008 12:39:27 PM
He was in my craft room.... and when I saw him... he RAN and jumped up to the top of the window blinds!



I snapped his picture fast and then the kids and I chased him down the stairs where I caught him trying to figure out how to download "softies porn" on my computer! *gasp* Shocked



Luckily he was not too fast this time... as he was mesmerized by all the amigurumis you can find on the Earth Internet. So I caught him as he tried top vault over the computer.



So now I have this alien.... I think he needs clothing.... perhaps finished off toes and fingers.... and maybe a butt crack? Cheesy Might make him more "acceptable" on Earth because I think he'll be here a while.





He now is named!!

Funny how that works- I thought his name while I made him and someone else said he looked like that name!! So now his name is .....








COLIN!!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lookieloo!! I knit myself a cuff! on: February 06, 2008 11:48:29 PM
 Shocked
LOL
Not the most impressive knit in the world, but I am filled with pride because it is the very first thing I have knit with my inherited knitting needles. What's it called? Garter stitch? I haven't a clue. I just know I made it on my knitting needles on a whim and it's soft, purdy and has some neat vintage wooden buttons on it (also inherited from the same person whom I got the needle stashola from!). I was doing an immediate destashing on some yummy soft yarn I bought for a swap and decided it would make the perfect cuff. Grin

I needed to make myself something. All I have been doing is swaps, giftings and commissioned work lately. This was easy enough to whip up in about 45 minutes (yes I be a SLOOOOOOOW knitter!). The buttons aren't centered perfectly on purpose, I wanted them to look like the cuff of a shirt's buttons would. Wink








28  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 24 ENTRIES / Dastash and Organize- The Shabby Chic Way! on: February 03, 2008 07:16:59 PM
I have 12, yes... 12 tote boxes filled with crafting things and no organization whatsoever.

So this years resolution is to Organize all my crafting supplies and destash my scraps. I was able to do them all at once! Cheesy

So here it is:
1st, I had no sewing machine cover. Well, I DID have one, but it misappeared! So I took this pretty pink patterned material and off-white corduroy that I had cut into strips for a previous project and the lightbulb went off in my head! This would make the prettiest shabby chic sewing machine cover!






Fully lined with a remnant I had leftover and just happened to be more than enough for the lining. Wink


Since I rarely unplug my machine, I had to make an opening for the plugs.


Since I was already started I decided to finish off the pretty pink patterned material and made a new pin cushion. I had a monster one I made before, but my kids kept playing with it and the pins kept disappearing! It needed to be up high and away from kiddos. So I made it a hanging pin cushion that I can put up high when I am not using it. Grin


I had to then make a needle holder! It is not easy to get needles out of the little paper and plastic sleeve they come in. I inevitably end up poking myself every time. Also hanging to keep out of small children's hands.


Both hanging together


The batting inside the pin cushion and the needle holder is also a destash leftover from when my MIL was helping me reupholster my kitchen chairs two summers ago. I decided to zig zag the edges on this project so it would not look too much like it should be a prop for Steel Magnolias. LOL!

I am almost out of the pink, but I have enough to make a needle roll for my crochet hooks and for my knitting needles. Grin By the end of the year I will be down at least to 10 boxes Cheesy and have the entire room organized!
Enjoy!
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Fleece Puppy toys? on: January 27, 2008 12:49:02 PM
I can't seem to find a thread on this (though I am jacked up on caffeine right now and that could be affecting my ability to find the info I need).

I am making a set of stuffies for my SIL's cockapoo and was wondering if polar fleece was okay on the outside or if I should use a different, more sturdy material?

Any insight would be great.

Also- where can I find the squeakers for inside the toys?
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Too little for a medical alert bracelet on: January 09, 2008 01:04:31 PM
So what should I make him?

My 17mo son is allergic to peanuts and he just will not wear a bracelet, maybe in a year he'll keep it on, but right now, he won't. So what else can I make? I know medics/EMTs/nurses/Drs are trained to look for the bracelet ( I used to be an EMT), but he will rip this thing off or break his wrist trying. It's not like I can get him to wear a shirt everyday that says "I'm allergic to peanuts, penicillin and have asthma."

Anyone have a clearly visible and creative idea?
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